Showing posts with label RICE. Show all posts
Showing posts with label RICE. Show all posts

Sunday, June 24, 2018


Kitchree (Spiced Yellow  Dal with Rice) Recipe @

A combination of rice and yellow lentils  make this a nutritious meal. I serve  my  Kitchree or Kitchari  with Ayam Masak Merah (Chicken in Spicy Red Sauce),

You can  make this rice on stove top  following my  recipe below or use rice cooker.

For rice cooker, fill your cooker with water, milk, yogurt, salt and turmeric and bring to boil by pressing the 'cook' button.  In a separate pan, heat the ghee, fry onion,  cinnamon, cardamom,, cloves, ginger and garlic till fragrant.

Once the water is boiling, add in rice, lentils and the fried  spices.  close lid.  You need not worry about burnt rice, the rice cooker would take care  for you.

Other rice recipes you should try:

Easy Tomato Rice

Pumpkin Pulao

Kitchree (Spiced Yellow  Dal with Rice) Recipe @

Sunday, March 18, 2018


Nasi Goreng Kampung Recipe @

Nasi Goreng Kampung or Village Fried Rice is most popular dish  for breakfast in most Asian countries,

It is made with a day old rice that was left a night before.  A freshly cooked rice can be used but reduce the water a bit or cook it using a microwave oven. recipe  here  . .

This Nasi Goreng Kampung was spicy all due to addition of bird's eye chili so adjust accordingly to your liking, You can add vegetables like long bean, cabbage, carrot   or kangkong (water spinach) but am out of those so just added 2 sliced tomato.

Some might  like to top this rice with  egg with sunny side up or fried anchovies but I prefer to add anchovies when blending my onion and chili.

After frying the spices until fragrant,  push them to side of pan, heat little oil and crack the eggs.  When cooked add in rice, salt and tomato.  It is  now ready to be served.

Nasi Goreng Kampung Recipe @

Sunday, July 23, 2017


Lontong Goreng aka Fried Rice Cake Recipe @

This was made with lontong (rice cake) and flavored with blended chili, onion, sauces and chicken.

A versatile dish, it can adapted to suit your preference.  For instance the add in of vegetables can be bean sprouts,  mustard green, cabbage  or bok choy.   You can opt for prawn of minced meat instead of chicken..

Lontong Goreng is suitable to serve as breakfast or for lunch as well.  Nowadays lontong was readily available from supermarket 24/7 .

Adjust the sauces and  chili paste  to season the Lontong Goreng the way you like it.  For those who can't get hold of rice cake at you place, replace it with cooked noodle or spaghetti.

Other breakfast recipes  to check out: :

Microwave Bread Pudding
Egg Free French Toast
Roti John (Asian French Toast)
Bread Paratha

Lontong Goreng aka Fried Rice Cake Recipe @

Sunday, July 10, 2016


Mutton Biryani Recipe @

Eid-ul-Fitr  is a day of forgiveness and joyous occasion  by strengthen  ties with people around you.   This is not complete without visiting and feasting.

It is a must for every household to offer a feast to their visitors.  The feast offered can be anything either main dish, sweets, flat bread or  even noodles.   It does not need to be elaborate,  any simple meal is most encouraged.   Always think about others who had nothing and avoid wastage.

This year I try this Mutton Biryani for my close relatives.   It involves a lot of work but I managed to do it all by myself.

The step require you to marinade the mutton with spices, yogurt, cilantro and fried onion for at least 12 hours.  The longer the better to allow all the flavor absorbed by the meat.

I have chosen slightly different method by cooking the meat until tender before layering the rice.   The mutton sold here is really tough hence this method is the best option.

Since the meat is already cooked and the rice is  1/2   cooked, need not to cook it much longer.  So glad my visitors enjoyed this Mutton Biryani  and some even asked for the recipe. .

Mutton Biryani Recipe @

Sunday, September 27, 2015


Chicken Biryani Recipe @

Festive season is incomplete without gathering to enjoy good food. This is the time to meet and mingle with our immediate family members as well as our close relatives.

One of the most popular choice to serve during special occasion was Chicken Biryani.  An aromatic dish combining rice and chicken in one single pot.

There are so many variety of biryani made with chicken, meat and poultry.  They differ from one another due to special spices used and the way it was made.

This Chicken Biryani requires marinating the chicken with yogurt, ginger, garlic and spices.  It is best if you can marinate it longer so this allows chicken  to absorb all the flavor.

As for chili powder and green chili, adjust to your preference.    Do fry the onion until it turns golden brown, this will take some time so be patient. .

Sunday, August 30, 2015


Chicken Korma Recipe  @

There are various ways to cook Chicken Korma, it can  be richer with cream / coconut or lighter without those addition.  Make it even lighter by removing the skin and trim all fats from the chicken before cutting into 10-12 pieces..

Chicken Korma Without Coconut was  a family favorite.  We love to serve this dish over Dry Fruit Naan. or  Ghee Rice / Corn Peas Pulao.  Chicken Korma has a strong Persian influence.   Traditionally chicken is braised and the sauce thickened using ground nuts.

In restaurant, it is often full of fat (cream, butter and creamed coconut). Instead I have created  a creamy texture by using low fat evaporated milk and thickening the sauce using ground almonds.

This recipe is versatile, you can use most meat, fish or vegetables instead of chicken.  Have added 2 cups of water but this is entirely up to you, this depends on how thick you want you gravy to be.

Sunday, July 26, 2015


Corn Peas Pulao Recipe @

Corn Peas Pulao is a colorful and delicious meal  using basmati rice, whole kernel corn and  peas.  It was mildly spiced and fragrant.   Best serve with a spicy gravy either vegetarian or non vegetarian for your family and friends..

This rice can be prepared  in rice cooker or pressure cooker but mine cooked on stove stop from start to finish. Be caution if you're choosing this method especially after the water has evaporated. you need to  turn your stove to the  lowest setting. Placing a flat pot lid before putting the rice pot was a safest way to get rid of burnt rice..

Have added   3 cups of water for this Corn Peas Pulao recipe ,  on ratio of 1 : 1.5. Too much water, your rice will turn mushy and less water  your rice would turn chewy.

Sunday, May 25, 2014


Easy Tomato Rice Recipe @

Easy Tomato Rice Recipe @

There  are various ways to cook Tomato Rice either using fresh/canned tomatoes or  tomato puree. Even I have shared  another  recipe  that were differ slightly from one another due to the ingredients/spices used. If you want to check the recipe click here. .

Easy Tomato Rice  is one of my favorite weekend meal. It uses tomato puree instead of fresh tomatoes. Please take note. different brands  of tomato puree produce extra  sour  to this dish. So  use your own  judgement as to how tangy  you want the rice to be.  Am using a concentrated tomato puree of Italian origin  but for other brand, highly recommended to add more than 2 tablespoon.

A blend of tomato puree, onion, garlic and spices are used to create a bed of delicious fluffy rice. Easy Tomato Rice goes well with spicy chicken, lamb or vegetable gravy if you're a  vegetarian.

Easy Tomato Rice Recipe  @

Sunday, December 2, 2012


Chana/Garbanzo Pulao Recipe @

Once in a while, I love to cook up a one pot meal that  does not need any elaborate side dishes yet was filling.

This Chana/Garbanzo Pulao is one of my favorite rice using garbanzo beans.  I had used  dried chickpeas  but if you are pressed for time just pick a can of garbanzo beans from your supermarket shelf.

Adding those spices make this dish  extra delicious with exotic flavor. Although one can find the recipe under the same name over the net but it varies from one household with another, so choose one that suits your palate.

Sunday, September 2, 2012


Pineapple Rice Recipe @

This Pineapple Rice recipe originates from one of cookery shows aired every morning. Though there are  various method to cook this pineapple rice but this one suits a vegetarian.

You can easily adapt  this Pineapple Rice recipe to be one pot meal by adding chicken, egg or seafood. The pineapple chunks  give this dish a unique taste that everyone will love. Was pleasantly surprised how good it was!

Pineapple Rice Recipe @

Monday, March 26, 2012


Moong Dal Rice Recipe @

A fantastic  dish  that offers almost a complete meal using moong dal and rice. There are various ways to cook them. some added ground pepper or other spices as well.

This recipe was perfect. My family raved about how good it was. Perfect blend of seasonings comprise of mustard seeds, whole cumin, ginger and chili powder makes this rice so appetizing that you can eat them without any gravy. I honestly didn't expect them to like it so it was a great surprise! Even the color made it fun for them to eat.

Moong Dal Rice Recipe @

Thursday, December 8, 2011


Fried Vegetarian Rice Recipe @

Fried rice is an easy one pot meal by stir frying the main ingredient, cooked rice.  It is so versatile that you can add almost any vegetables and meat or seafood to it, either vegetarian or non vegetarian style. It tastes great as a meal on its own. .

For best result, make sure the rice is cooked and cooled beforehand so the grain will separate when frying.  Fried Vegetarian Rice  instantly create a delicious and satisfying  meal with amazing flavor and texture.

Fried Vegetarian Rice Recipe @

Monday, November 7, 2011


Pumpkin Pulao Recipe @

You  might have eaten  pumpkin pie, pumpkin soup, pumpkin bread or pumpkin pancake but have you tried Pumpkin Pulao?  It  is an easy and irresistible recipe with  pumpkin and basmati rice. This nourishing pulao has a lot of flavors and very satisfying meal. It goes very well with raita and meat dishes but far simpler and quicker to prepare..

This wonder vegetable is loaded with Vitamin A and anti-oxidant, good source of Vitamin C. K. E and lots of minerals including magnesium, potassium and iron.

Pumpkin Pulao Recipe @

Pulao Recipe @

Monday, October 24, 2011


2C Pulao Recipe @

Instead of plain white rice, try adding colorful vegetables to them, not only it improves the flavor but colorful and healthy as well.

Corn  is rich in fiber, contains Vitamin B1. B5, Vitamin C and helpful for detoxifying your colon while carrots are an excellent source of  beta-carotene.

If using basmati rice, soak it for 30 minutes then drain. Add in the rice after the water has reached boiling point.  2C Pulao  is best eaten with spicy gravy of your choice..

Monday, July 25, 2011


How to cook rice in a microwave Recipe  @

Sometimes you need to cook rice only for yourselves and the best way to do it is in the microwave. It is simple, time saving and comes out perfect every time.  This way the rice is microwaved to perfection, fluffy and no constant checking to see if the rice is done.

Best to use deep microwave safe dish  since the rice will expand  and  to avoid  any over flowing when cooking.

Monday, July 18, 2011


Rice is a staple in every Asian home, Instead of preparing the usual white rice, I have added cauliflower and spices to the rice. This combo turns out perfect for a quick fix meal. Adding chili powder is optional, you can omit this altogether but it gives really a nice flavor and color to this dish.

Yield   :    8 servings

2 C  rice rinsed
4 C water
2  green chili slit
1 Onion chopped
1 tsp ginger minced
1 tsp garlic mince
1 C cauliflower cut into small pieces
2 tsp chili powder
1/4 tsp turmeric powder
3  TB ghee/oil
Coriander leaves
salt to taste
toasted cashew nuts (optional)


Heat the oil, add in onion and fry until light brown. Now add ginger, garlic and green chili, fry until fragrant.

Add in chili powder, turmeric and salt, fry for a minute. Add little water. Pour the cauliflower, stir until well coated with spice.

Add the rice and water, cook until the water evaporates. Reduce the heat to the lowest, cover pot and continue cooking until rice is fully cooked about 10 minutes.

Remove from heat, serve garnished  with coriander leaves.and cashew nut.

Thursday, June 16, 2011


ghee rice recipe @

Most common rice dish during a festive occasion or just a normal family gathering. There are so many ways to prepare this delectable and aromatic rice. Some done without adding the evaporated milk but I have tried both, preferred the ones with milk, gives an extra flavor to the rice.

If using basmati rice, soak them for 15  minutes before proceeding. You can cook this rice using stove top, rice cooker or pressure cooker. For cooking on stove top, do use lowest heat after the water has been absorbed by the rice to avoid getting burnt. Best eaten with spicy gravy.

Monday, May 2, 2011


If you enjoy Chinese food, you have definitely eaten Chinese fried rice. There are so many recipes out there with different ingredients. This simple dish is very  popular in many parts of the world. It can be cooked according to your taste and availability of items from your pantry.

For non spicy version,  you can reduce the chili paste used. Have added cauliflower and peas but carrot, french bean, capsicum  or mushroom are best alternative. You could  add  more vegetables or may be throw in some chicken or prawn if you want.  Even without those it is so tasty,  fulfilling  and a great meal on the go..

Serves    :     4-5

2   C  cooked rice (leftover rice is perfect)
1/2 C peas
1/2 C carrot finely chopped
1/2 C  cauliflower/ french bean sliced
4 spring onion chopped
3 T cooking oil
3  cloves garlic minced
1 tsp ginger minced
2  T  chili paste
1/2  tsp ground pepper
1-2 T vinegar
salt to taste
extra spring onion for garnish


Heat the oil, fry garlic, ginger and spring onion for a minute. Add chili paste, fry until fragrant.

Add in vegetables, salt, pepper  and sprinkle with water, cook until vegetable is cooked.

Now add the cooked rice, stir until well coated with the spices. Add the vinegar and more salt if required.

Remove from heat. Garnish with chopped spring onion, serve hot.

Monday, March 28, 2011


This is a simple and healthy one pot meal using mushroom. I used canned button mushroom but if you're using fresh mushroom cook it longer until it is cooked.. For basmati rice, soak for 30 minutes before cooking.

Adjust the spice level to your requirement. My family love this mildly spice and yummy rice.

Friday, December 10, 2010



A popular South East Asian dish, made of lontong (compressed rice cake) either home made or store bought. The preparation is pretty similar to mee goreng (fried noodle). They are cubed and fried together with blended dry chili, onion and sauces. Prawn, chicken or mince meat are added together with eggs to further enhance its taste.

This dish is almost a complete meal by itself. The key to make this really fast is to get ready all the ingredients before your turn on the heat for cooking. The following merely a guide, you can substitute or add according to your preference..


500g lontong (rice cake) cubed
2-3 T chili paste
1 onion chopped
3 cloves garlic
1/2 tsp ginger paste
250g prawns shell removed
2 tomato chopped
2 T tomato sauce
1 T sweet soy sauce
2 T oyster sauce
2-4 eggs beat lightly
3 T cooking oil
Scallion for garnish


* Heat oil, fry onion, garlic and ginger until fragrant. Add blended chili, tomato, salt and the sauces, stir for 2 minutes.

* Add the prawn and fry until prawn is cooked. Add the cubed rice cake.

* Push ingredients to the side of pan, add more oil if needed, pour the eggs into the middle and let eggs cook.

* Mix with the other ingredients, stir well. Remove from heat.

* Garnish with scallion at the time of service.